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retort -- as in: quick retort
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  • This Mr. Guppy resents as a liberty, retorting, "Jobling, there ARE chords in the human mind—"
  • "I wouldn’t make her unhappy—no, not even for her love," retorted Richard proudly.
  • "He IS ours, Jobling, and I AM acquainted with him," Mr. Guppy retorts.
  • "Then, what," retorts that worthy, pointing to the figure, "did you say it was the lady for?"
  • "You think I have begun ill, sir," retorted Richard.
  • "Sir, it may be," retorts Mr. William Guppy, "but I feel strongly when I use it."
  • "You are right again, my dear," the old lady retorted, "but I don’t refer to his profession, look you."
  • To which Mr. Guppy retorts, "No, I am not."
  • To which Mr. Jobling retorts again, "Yes, you are!"
  • To which Mr. Guppy retorts, "Who says so?"
  • To which Mr. Jobling retorts, "I say so!"
  • To which Mr. Guppy retorts, "Oh, indeed?"
  • To which Mr. Jobling retorts, "Yes, indeed!"
  • "Pardon me, sir!" retorted Mr. Vholes.
  • "You appear to know a good deal," Mr. Tulkinghorn retorts.
  • "You don’t happen to know why they killed the pig, do you?" retorts Mr. Bucket with a steadfast look, but without loss of temper.
  • "I don’t know why you should be sorry," she retorted a little anxiously, "but I am engaged to Mr. Turveydrop, whether or no, and he is very fond of me.
  • "That’s a dear girl," retorted Richard, "and like you, because it gives me comfort.
  • "Most willingly," he retorted, "if I could.
  • "Officer," retorts Sir Leicester with a fiery eye and a quivering lip, "you know your duty.
  • "Why, she is not well-bred, you see," returns Mr. Rouncewell with some quickness in his manner, as if he were glad to have the lawyer to retort upon, "and she is an inexperienced little thing and knows no better.

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  • She wanted to retort that he that he sounded more foolish than he looked, but she made herself count to ten and thought better of it.
  • She retorted, "Takes one to know one."

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